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The Tasty Island 2017 Site Design

The Tasty Island’s new site design configuration for 2017 is now complete. I’m pretty happy with it. Hope you are too.

Still up in the air about how I want the overall header area to look, however for now I’m OK with the beach scenes; it’s a bit “busy” (albeit void, in an open ocean way), yet I’m sure some folks appreciate the nice “oceanfront views”.  Which to note, the header image is set to randomly change scenes (new image) upon each new page load. As you can tell, they’re all ocean view photos taken recently by Yours Truly from Waikiki to Diamond Head, all with my Note 5.

Just about every section on the home page is labeled and self-explanatory, except for the top feature area, right below the main navigation menu. In that section, The “slider” area (depicted above with Rainbow Drive-In) sequences (“slides”) through the latest 3 posts (amount of recent posts in slider may change, depending on popularity), so that’s where you want to look and click first. There’s also a “Latest” caption at the very top left next to today’s date which also rotates links to the latest posts. You can also find the Latest Posts on the right side bar, below the most Recent Comments. That same right sidebar will also display on individual post pages for easy reference.

To the right of the slider are 4 feature areas for HIGHLIGHTED POSTS.  These are chosen by me, based on popularity through visitor statistics. Basically, those are some of the most popular posts on this site. I’ll be switching them out regularly based on future statistical analysis.

Below that is a Recipes section in the middle, while the bottom section of the home page above the footer are popular posts by categories, which to start I’ve chosen Hawaiian, Fusion and Event Coverage. Over time I’ll be revolving other popular categories on this site, such as Chinese and Japanese to name a few of many!

The posts and pages haven’t changed much other than being formatted within the new template, with the other main exception being a much improved commenting system that now includes text formatting tools and more. Keep in mind, if you leave one or more links (URLs) in your comment, it will automatically go to moderation for approval (a SPAM protection feature).

All this, in an effort to make the Tasty Island a more engaging, immersive experience.

These are some of the key features of the ColorMag theme by ThemeGrill being used for the Tasty Island’s new look:

  • Magazine/News format
  • Fully Responsive (layout automatically adjusts) for desktop and mobile devices
  • Sticky Menu (the main navigation menu will scroll down with the page in mobile view)
  • Social Icons links in top bar and footer area
  • Wide layout
  • Custom CSS
  • Related Posts (by categories or by tags; shows at the end of each post)
  • Author Bio box
  • Scroll to Top button (at the bottom right corner of site)
  • Cross Browser Compatible
  • Search Engine Optimized (SEO)
  • Optimized for speed
  • Category Color options
  • Threaded Comments
  • Comment text formatting tool bar (enhanced)

Note, as with any website, along with regular updates, slight changes and tweaks will be made along the way here to refresh and further enhance the experience.

Mahalo for visiting the Tasty Island,
~ Pomai

7 thoughts on “The Tasty Island 2017 Site Design

  • January 19, 2017 at 6:33 am
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    There’s now a 5 minute EDIT feature for comments, which allows you to revise or delete your comment after posting it within that time frame. Note that once you edit and save your comment (or however many times afterwards within that 5 minute window), it will go into moderation for approval. ;-)

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  • January 19, 2017 at 7:54 am
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    Congrats on the new design!  Got me scared for a minute.  I thought I was on the wrong page!

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    • January 19, 2017 at 10:25 am
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      Mahalo Shevon. There were some plugins that were conflicting with the new theme that was bogging down the server (slow site response), however I fixed it. ;-)

      Also notice I did away with the rotating beach scenes as the header image, in favor of  a simple ‘Tasty Island’ logo. Much better (cleaner).

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  • January 19, 2017 at 9:53 pm
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    What da hell brah? Must be some kind of metrics involved to get more ads but not user friendly at all. Same like yelp. I used to stop by frequently here and to yelp but the awkwardness of the format makes it only useful as a reference source rather than a place to cruise. Aue. Maybe plenty people goin like it better? Not me. Sorry braddah but you changed. All high maka maka style now I guess now dat you big time. No huhu brah, jes stayin’ realz.

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    • January 20, 2017 at 1:29 am
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      ICYH,

      I’m a bit perplexed you think the new design isn’t user friendly, as I find it a HUGE improvement, with direct access to the most popular posts on the home page in an organized fashion, enhanced comment tools, increased server response/speed and absolute responsive layout. I understand change can be unsettling, but it’s time. The site needed this.

      Not “high maka maka” at all. I’m always real, brah. I tell it like it is. You know me, Hawaiian!

      Mahalos for your feedback. I really appreciate it!

      Pomai

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  • January 20, 2017 at 10:57 am
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    I’ll admit, at first I thought I was on the Oceanic site.  Exhaled when I saw that it was Pomai’s content.

    But then, I’m here for your posts, bruddah.  Not the design.

    Bottom line:  looks good, a bit more polished.  Erry’ting in life got to hele on, right?

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